Latest North Carolina State General Assembly News

FILE-In this June 23, 2016, file photo, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, R-Guilford, right, listens during a Senate session in Raleigh, N.C. A retired campaign reform group leader filed an ethics complaint on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, alleging that the powerful North Carolina legislator improperly benefited financially from the sale and purchase of a townhouse in Raleigh. The campaign of Senate leader Berger called the allegations “smears.

NC Senate leader complaint focuses on house sale, payments

Feb. 12, 2020 6:48 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A retired campaign reform group leader filed an ethics complaint on Wednesday alleging that a powerful North Carolina legislator improperly benefited financially from the sale and purchase of a townhouse in Raleigh. The campaign of Senate leader Phil Berger called the allegations...

Tillis holding cash advantage in North Carolina Senate race

Jan. 30, 2020 3:12 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The leading fundraisers to date in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race have announced largely similar contribution numbers for the previous three months. Republican incumbent Thom Tillis' campaign said on Thursday that he had taken in $1.9 million for the fourth quarter ending Dec....

Former N Carolina legislator, mayor Oscar Harris dies at 80

Jan. 29, 2020 11:03 AM EST

DUNN, N.C. (AP) — Oscar Harris , a former North Carolina state senator, small-town mayor and close ally of Democratic governors, has died at age 80, his family said. Harris, who served five terms as mayor of the Harnett County city of Dunn before choosing not to seek reeelection last year, died near his...

NC Republicans write backing Virginia gun "sanctuary" effort

Jan. 17, 2020 4:52 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dozens of North Carolina Republican state legislators are expressing solidarity with local governments in Virginia that have spoken out formally in recent months for gun rights. About 50 members of the state House Republican Caucus -- including Speaker Tim Moore — signed a...

N Carolina Medicaid expansion advocates 'mad' as bill idles

Jan. 15, 2020 6:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina remains among the dozen or so states that haven't agreed to expand Medicaid to more of the working poor amid a lingering budget stalemate and continued skepticism among top Senate Republicans about the idea. The General Assembly met Tuesday for a session in which...

Impasse continues over state budget, pay after brief session

Jan. 14, 2020 5:14 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans in the General Assembly fell short on Tuesday trying to overturn Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes on teacher pay and the budget, ensuring their spending impasse will extend into spring and perhaps longer. On a party-line vote, the Senate failed to...

Budget override tops North Carolina Senate GOP wish list

Jan. 13, 2020 12:37 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly returns to Raleigh briefly on Tuesday with a short to-do list, topped by another Republican attempt to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the budget more than six months ago. Senate GOP leaders announced on Monday they'll again put...

Retired Rep. Michaux joining North Carolina Senate briefly

Jan. 13, 2020 12:27 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Retired state Rep. Mickey Michaux, whose service in the North Carolina House covered more than 45 years, was appointed on Monday to the state Senate to serve in Tuesday's legislative session. Gov. Roy Cooper's appointment of Michaux could give Senate Democrats more security in their...

N Carolina GOP legislators make late pitch to keep photo ID

Jan. 10, 2020 2:03 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican lawmakers made a last-minute plea on Friday to a federal judge as they seek to save a photo identification requirement to vote that had been set to begin with the March primary. The GOP legislative leaders already have been turned away by U.S. District Judge...

Sen. McKissick resigns to take NC Utilities Commission post

Jan. 7, 2020 4:33 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A veteran North Carolina legislator has resigned from the state Senate more than two months after the General Assembly confirmed his appointment to the Utilities Commission. Sen. Floyd McKissick Jr. of Durham tendered his Senate resignation — effective Tuesday afternoon...